Natural remedies for pets:
Did you know that you can treat the most common diseases of our furry friends with herbal and homeopathic remedies? Let’s find out, then, how can we help them in a natural way.
The ability to help the body heal itself naturally is not the sole prerogative of mankind, even our beloved dogs and cats are able to practice some kind of spontaneous self-therapy, by eating herbs with healing properties. For example, they are usually eating some plants as purgatives (wild oats etc.), which stimulate the vomiting and allow full recovery of gastrointestinal function.
Of a fairly recent origin is a scientific discipline, called zoofarmacognosia, destinated to study exactly the methods and practices used by animals to cure some diseases. In herbal medicine they have so much to learn from the simple observation of their behavior.
If our pets can heal themselves by finding natural systems, then we can also try to help them heal various diseases and remove parasites with natural remedies. While advising you to never lose the habit to take your pet to the vet to ask for a medical consultation, what we will discuss here are the beneficial properties of many plants that can be easily used, and the possibility of using homeopathy for treating common pet disorders.
Natural Remedies for Pets: the Most Useful Plants
In general, always have at home few plants that can be useful for your dogs and cats, such as:
herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil …) that have digestive, tonic and antiseptic properties;
garlic, chicory, verbena and borage are great because of their anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties;
dill and lemon balm can facilitate digestion;
greek hay is well known for its restorative powers thanks to its rich mineral content;
neem oil for parasites. You can find it in herbal stores, it has a particularly unpleasant smell, but it’s very useful against fleas and ticks, also:
citrus fruits:to remove the parasites just apply on your dog’s coat juice squeezed out of a lemon or orange.
Natural Remedies for Pets: the Most Useful Natural Substances
Same goes for the white wine vinegar, which can be easily diluted and sprayed on a soft cloth to wipe your pet’s mantle, and you can always you can count on:
essential oils (lavender and eucalyptus) or lotions based on these essences (citronella, geranium and mint are the most valid), or try:
alfalfa and dry extracts of olea europaea and centaurium, but don’t forget that on the market there are also shampoos, collars, powders and sprays completely based on natural plant extracts, valid alternatives to the aggressive and harmful chemicals.
Natural Remedies for Pets: in Case of Bites and Skin Diseases
In case of bites by spiders, bees, hornets and other insects immediately disinfect the place with:
calendula tincture (15-20 drops dissolved in half a glass of water, to be applied on the affected part with gauze). This tincture (as well as that of aloe) in general can be used to disinfect and promote healing of small lesions, after it is diluted in boiling water and then allowed to cool.
Still on the problems related to the skin, eczema remedies for dogs are:
an infusion of bramble leaves (Rubis fructicosus), to be applied directly on the affected area, and:
meadowsweet (Spiraea Umaria), that is prepared in the following way: leave 25 g of leaves soaked in ½ kg of water for 10-15 minutes and then filter it, give two tablespoons a day to your dog.
Lavander essential oil works well for sunburn. A drop should be diluted in a tablespoon of olive oil. (where to buy)
Natural Remedies for Pets: in Case of Agitation
Water lily and passionflower. If your pet shows signs of restlessness, nervousness and excessive liveliness or excitement, action can be taken – only in case of real need- with natural sedatives, such as infusions of water lily or passionflower. Prepare this by pouring a handful of herbs in a bowl of a boiling water, let it cool before you give it to your dogs or cats.
Natural Remedies for Pets: in Case of Indigestion
Parsley, dandelion, celery, watercress. If your dog has digestive problems look for a solution in herbs like parsley, dandelion, celery and chopped watercress by adding them in their meals. The can be an excellent preventive, too.
Garlic is the main remedy against intestinal parasites, while is also helping to improve the functionality of the liver and kidneys.
Bearberry. To solve common ailments of the urinary tract try the bearberry (a pinch in a cup of boiling water, to be filtered after ten minutes and served cold), while the best natural tonic that will allow your dog to retrieve the full energy during the recovery period is nutmeg: give your just a pinch of powder once a day if necessary.
Nettle. Last but not least the remedy for halitosis of your faithful companion, alas, a frequent drawback that can be fought with a few leaves of chopped nettles, added to the broth.
Now let’ talk about cats.
Herbal help is recommended in cases of liver problems, kidney and problems of the urinary tract.
Cure these problems with an infusion of Java tea, prepared with half a gram of leaves in a cup of water.
In case of digestive problems you can trust in the artichoke leaves (three grams in a cup of boiling water that will be given completely cold).
Homeopathic Remedies for Pets
Here we are finally to the homeopathic remedies that use natural sources and are well suited to bring relief in symptoms of all diseases and conditions of the pets.
Homeopathy (from the greek homeo = similar and pathos = suffering) is summarized in the principle of “like cures like”, because a substance causes certain symptoms it can also be used to cure same those symptoms.
Holistic therapy, homeopathy works on the physical total of the subject and uses minute doses of the substance that normally would cause the symptoms manifest thyself, stimulating the immune system and the body’s own healing mechanisms. Homeopathic treatment is very effective on all animals (from Chihuahua to horses), of any age and condition, even excluding the effect of “placebo”.
How to choose the correct medication:
To choose the correct medication it is important to observe well the symptoms and know the habits and behavior of your pet. The remedies are produced in various forces or powers, that means that during the manufacturing process the original substance is diluted more or less in correlation with various powers. For pets, generally, it is preferable to use the 5 CH power.
The homeopathic remedies, safe, non-toxic and free of additives, are available in tablets, ointments, creams and dyes and can be used along with regular medication, but it is always a good practice to follow the advice of your veterinarian.
Let’s see in detail some of the key medicines:
For arthritis, incontinence, brittle bones and weak teeth– Search for limestone fluorica.
If the problems relate to poor digestion, bad breath, constipation and flatulence try charcoal (carbo vegetabilis).
A remedy for sore and watery eyes, conjunctivitis and balenamenti is euphrasia (euphrasia officinalis):
if the dog has some kind of skin problems (eczema, cuts, cracked and sore nipples etc) the graphites work well.
A painkiller in case of bites by tsetse or abrasion with broken skin is called hypericum (Hypericum perforanum);
theipecacuanha fights dysentery, gastritis, vomiting and breathing difficulties;
the lycopodium is an excellent remedy for indigestion and respiratory problems, liver and the urinary tract;
in the presence of swollen gums, mouth sores, tooth abscesses and diarrhea mercurius solubilis works well:
while for kidney pain the natrum muraticum it’s good.
The enemy of lack of appetite, colic, flatulence and bad breath is the nux vomica;
the best remedy for rheumatism it’s called rhus toxicodendron.
Your pet has ingested a fragment, a plug or something else? Look for silica, which also helps to cure anemia, infections, abscesses and inflammation of anal glands;
a remedy for warts and any side effects of vaccination is the thuja.
These are some of the main homeopathic medicines, without side effects, that can be given not only for the physical problems but also for emotional and behavioral once.
Just to cite just one homeopatic case study: the 17-year-old Siamese Bruce, who was morally torn down and refused to eat after the loss of his playmate of a lifetime, managed to gradually improve it’s condition and regain the joy of living with the Ignatia treatment.